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Blouin Artinfo: Alison Saar’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ at L.A. Louver, Los Angeles

L.A. Louver is hosting Alison Saar’s "Topsy Turvy” at its Los Angeles venue.

An exhibition of new works by the Los Angeles-based artist takes inspiration from the character of Topsy in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic Civil War-era novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Saar re-contextualizes the sprightly uncouth slave girl as a symbol of defiance, through paintings on dyed vintage linens and sculptures carved from wood.

V Magazine: The New Vision, Kelly Akashi

With genre-bending bodies of work that span a range of mediums and materials, these are the names to know in today’s evolving scene. First up is sculptor Kelly Akashi (BFA Fine Arts '06). 

Artillery: Ruben Ochoa's SAMPLED y SURVEYED

Ruben Ochoa’s (BFA Fine Arts '97)  “SAMPLED y SURVEYED” illustrates the artist’s penchant for transforming basic construction materials into structural installations charged with meaning.

Village Voice: Under the Spell of Sculptor Kelly Akashi’s Eerie, Tactile Elegance

There is an eerie loveliness, a troubled elegance, to the work of Los Angeles-based artist Kelly Akashi. Insides and outsides are defined, then confused; materials behave as themselves, then pose as something else; objects look familiar, but perform strangely. In other words, she’s a sculptor in the classic California tradition that celebrates eccentricity as a kind of instinctive intelligence.

Deep Dive with Guggenheim Fellow and Alumna Coleen Sterritt

At the announcement of the 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, which included Sandeep Mukherjee ('96), Hunter Reynolds ('84), as well as MFA Writing faculty member Marisa Silver, we asked 2016 Fellow Coleen Sterritt ('79 MFA Fine Arts) to share her thoughts on the past year. 

Alumnus Jake Janz Designs Statue to Commemorate Fallen Lifeguard

Innovative technology turned Fresno-born product designer and branding artist Jake Janz ('05 Illustration) into a sculptor of public monuments.

Janz created a 9-foot-tall stainless steel lifeguard that scans the Newport Beach horizon looking for distressed swimmers, just as his brother-in-law, Ben Carlson, did the day he died two years ago.

Alumnus Kenzi Shiokava Hailed as Breakout Star of Hammer Museum Biennial

When artist Kenzi Shiokava ('74 MFA) received a telephone call from a pair of curators organizing this year’s “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum, he says he had little clue of the meteoric effect it would have on his life. 

“I’d never seen ‘Made in L.A.,’” says the 78-year-old sculptor. “I’ve always been off the art establishment.”

Alumna Alison Saar Exhibition Silt, Soot and Smut in L.A. Times

When the Great Mississippi Flood displaced hundreds of thousands of African Americans in 1927, many chose to keep on going. Impelled by the waters of the worst U.S. flood ever recorded, they joined another rising tide — a mass migration from the rural South to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West.

Studio Visit with Alison Saar

Otis College President Bruce Ferguson in conversation with artist Alison Saar ('81, MFA Fine Arts), discussing her most recent works, which explore themes of African Cultural Diaspora and Spirituality.

Boutique run by alumna Astrelle Johnquest ’11 highlighted in the L.A. Times

From the outside, it looks like an unassuming 1940s home on Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles’ El Sereno neighborhood.
 
But Now Space is anything but nondescript.
 
Sculptor and former product designer Astrelle Johnquest runs the hybrid vintage store, art gallery and experimental space as a continuation of a project she started years ago.